Welcome to the site. there is quite a lot here for you to spend time on if you're interested – music, lyrics, scripts, photos, a great and active forum. We have regular news updates for fans and downloadable biographical information for those of you who are music presenters in need of program content. As always, though, I hope you will come to know me first through music. All the albums I have made or to which I have contributed are catalogued. Surprises too, and more to come. Thanks for stopping by. -KE
February 5th, 2017
What would happen if some of the greatest voices to come out of Chicago joined forces on a single stage? You'd hear more than just jazz and rap, gospel and blues, classical and folk. You'd encounter the sound of the city itself, for Chicago has nurtured and shaped...
February 2nd, 2017
As an ambitious young vocalist coming up on the Chicago scene in the early 1990s, Kurt Elling cultivated his sound by his sitting in regularly with some of the toughest tenors in a city known for producing take-no-prisoner saxophonists. Masters like Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson and Ed Petersen encouraged him...
February 1st, 2017
Getting back to the basics of melody is no easy job. Ask Branford Marsalis. "My definition of melody is a sequence of notes so strong that, if every other aspect of the music fell apart, people would still want to hear it," says the famed saxophonist, who, years ago, turned...
December 6th, 2016
On December 6 when the 59th annual Grammy nominations were announced, Upward Spiral (OKeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks), by the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal category! Every track on Upward Spiral confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the...
November 25th, 2016
On November 25, 2016, Live From Lincoln Center on PBS television presented the internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and his love letter to New York, the city he considers his adoptive home, set to the music that helped make this city so famous. This very special one-night only concert was performed at...